It was announced today that Edith Windsor, the openly lesbian LGBT advocate, has made it to TIME Magazine's top ten finalists for title of Person of the Year.
Edith, who often goes by Edie, brought huge gains towards marriage equality to the American people on a federal level when the Supreme Court found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
TIME's Person of the Year seeks to feature the person, group of people, or thing that, "for better or for worse," has most influenced world events in the previous 12 months. Edie, who was honored in Out Magazine's Out100 compilation last month, is one of three women on TIME's short list and only LGBT person left from the original nominees. If Edie receives the title, she will be the fifth woman ever to do so (and the first in almost 30 years) since TIME began the tradition more than 80 years ago, and the only openly LGBT person to be individually recognized in that role.
Also among the final ten are Bashar Assad (President of Syria), Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), entertainer Miley Cyrus, Pope Francis, President Obama, Hassan Rouhani (President of Iran), Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary of Health and Human Services), and NSA leaker Edward Snowden. 2013's Person of the Year, determined be the magazine's editors, will be announced on Wednesday, December 11.